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Doctors floored by what they found in newborn's belly

Newborn Has Three Pound Tumor Removed From Belly


A newborn baby is recovering after a 3-lb. tumor was removed from her belly.

Dave and Keenan Sanders noticed swelling in their six-week-old daughter Leighton's abdomen.

They initially wrote it off as gas, but an x-ray revealed a cancerous tumor that eventually grew to the size of a cantaloupe.


Surgeons had to remove Leighton's intestines, including part of her stomach, pancreas and gallbladder, all of which was damaged by the the large growth.

While it appears as if the cancer is under control,
the now 8-week-old still has a long road to recovery.

Surgeons will eventually have to recreate a drainage system in the infant.


Keenan told ABC News,"It seems miraculous to me that they can essentially build a human. That's the end result we're hoping for. It would be a miraculous normal life considering where she is right now."

In the meantime, friends set up a Go Fund Me fundraising campaign to help with expenses. So far they've raised almost 24 thousand dollars for little Leighton.

The family is awaiting tests to see if she is cancer free.

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m4christ2 May 12 2014 at 11:51 AM

sad. life is hard enough without starting out on the negative side. poor tiny little girl.

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Gerrie m4christ2 May 12 2014 at 12:00 PM

when is it ever a negative side to improve our lives here on earth? is it negative to point out that maybe we should change our ways? no, its a learning curve for our future children...of course we are sad and will pray for this little girl....is it a bad thing to ask why?

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no7hingpersonal May 12 2014 at 1:49 PM

"a drainage system" lol

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munkygirlny no7hingpersonal May 12 2014 at 1:57 PM

How is this funny? You are one sick SOB if you think this constitutes anything remotely funny,

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Go RU ! no7hingpersonal May 12 2014 at 2:17 PM

And this is funny why?

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Dana Lee Quinney May 12 2014 at 2:00 PM

"All of which WAS"?? Drainage system? Gadz, HuffPost, there are plenty of competent writers out there. Get one.

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Gammapat Dana Lee Quinney May 12 2014 at 2:33 PM

you missed one. "there daughter"

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lillysbelladonna May 12 2014 at 2:01 PM

Thank God they were able to find and remove the tumor I pray she is cancer free and recovers quickly thru her other surgeries as I pray for her family.

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Jeremiah May 12 2014 at 2:06 PM

I am floored that the doctors were floored. Were these real doctors, or were they just pretending to be medicine men? I guess it doesn't take much to be floored anymore... Moral of the story: be professional or go flip burgers.

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al12exb May 12 2014 at 2:07 PM

EVERYBODY PRAY FOR A HAPPY OUTCOME AND A LONG HEALTHY LIFE FOR THIS BABY.

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Grace May 12 2014 at 2:20 PM

when I brought my newborn home and changed his diaper, i saw a less than golfball size lump in groin. It wouldpop out and go back in. I went to MD immediately and he could not elicit this growth, but since I am an RN, he took my word for it but could not operate till he was 2 months old as his tissues were much too new and thin. He also said he would open the other side because there is an 80% chance there will be one there. The surgery wentwell, there was hernia both sides, repaired and fine for years. Also, while we did not need this, yes a new "Plumbing sytem" can be made for her I so hope there is no more cancer,

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kentuckycowby May 12 2014 at 2:21 PM

It's Obama's fault.

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elnpet May 12 2014 at 2:28 PM

You just never know do you ?

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Brad & Janet May 12 2014 at 2:36 PM

A prayer for this precious child, and hope that the cancer is gone, and will not come back. Yes, the doctors can rebuild her insides, but only God can make it all work. Here is the hope it all goes well.

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